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France is not the solution. It is a magnifying glass that exposes the cracks in our lives; our insecurities, our shortcomings, our unresolved issues. Despite its rugged beauty swathed in colour and unpolluted light, despite its simplistic outlook in a world gone mad, despite its quaint charm of another era, so different from that which we left behind, France is not the solution.
On days when our inner sun shines, France’s swathes of pastureland and vibrant forests are a reminder we live in an unspoilt country. The houses bask in hues of gold, welcoming us in with a warm smile. The unhurried pace of life allows us to breathe. And the vast, untainted sky is the only limit to our imagination.
But on our darkest days, the forests are a sombre barricade, the thick stone walls isolate us further, and that sedentary tempo the French so enjoy twists cruelly against our own culture. The sky reminds us of how insignificant we are, how mute and marginalised we have become in a country with its own impenetrable language. And we wonder why we came.
We look at France erroneously from our own perspective, our own mood. France is a country, a people, not a solution. We are the eye of our own problems, so how can France be the answer?
There are those who flee, horrified by their mistaken dream of life in France. Sadly, there are those who stay, but lie, to their new ‘friends’, worst of all, to themselves. They live in denial and reinvent, not prepared to shed their oneupmanship culture, not ready to be one of a million rather than one in a million.
But thankfully, there are those who adapt to life in France, embracing, integrating, stepping onto a learning curve, gracefully accepting their own humbleness. They are the ones who understand. France is not the solution; it is a chance to grow, evolve and quite simply be.
Look into the eye of the problem to find the solution, because France is not the answer, it is just part of this magnificent journey we call life. Kati Barr-Taylor Dordogne